Drive48 Equipping Thousands for High-Tech Automotive Careers

Arizona is revving up its commitment to workforce development through the successes of Drive48, an automotive assembly training facility that has trained over 2,000 Lucid employees since launching in 2021. Drive48 is a collaboration between the Arizona Commerce Authority, Central Arizona College, local government and industry. Governor Ducey joined local leaders to open … [More]

Gilbert Church Sells 16-Acre Property to Christian K-8 School

Sun Valley Community Church in Gilbert, AZ, has agreed to sell its 16-acre property at 6106 S. River Dr. in Tempe to Valley Christian Schools (VCS) of Chandler, AZ. Sun Valley Community Church has been partnering with the VCS Elementary campus adjacent to its church since 2019, sharing its parking area and worship buildings with the expanding school. Valley … [More]

Fast-Growing Lending Co. Opening Second Scottsdale Branch

On the heels of opening its newest branch in Arizona, Nations Lending recently opened a second location in Scottsdale and is proud to announce that Christine McConnell, a native of Arizona and award-winning professional with more than 26 years of lending experience, has joined as lead Personal Mortgage Advisor. Specializing in an array of loan products including New … [More]

New Arizona Voters’ Agenda Survey Reveals Majority Believes Elections Are Fair, Secure, Accurate

As the 2022 General Election nears, Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) announced today findings from a new Arizona Voters’ Agenda survey that builds on survey research released earlier this year. The Arizona Voters’ Agenda provides valuable information about likely voters of all ages and political affiliations and a data-driven guide to what the majority agrees on and wants … [More]

Valley Leadership Names 73rd Man & Woman of the Year

Reyna Montoya and Dr. Chad Gestson will be Valley Leadership’s 73rd Man & Woman of the Year. The two were selected because of their commitment to addressing Arizona’s most pressing issues, track record of community engagement and alignment with Valley Leadership’s Principles of Doing. “Man and Woman of the Year is about highlighting leaders in our community who have gone … [More]

SBA Announces $7.2 Million in PRIME Grants to Help Emerging Micro-Entrepreneurs Gain Access to Capital

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a $7.2 million grant award to 38 organizations under the Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME), a $1.7 million increase, up 30% from last year’s allocated $5,500,000 in funding. The PRIME award will support these nonprofit organizations as they help low-income entrepreneurs get financing to establish and … [More]

First-of-Its-Kind Partnership to Create Access to Legal Services

Scout Law Group, a nationally recognized law firm based in Arizona, announced a new partnership with Miami-based investment firm, 777 Partners, that will instantly create one of the most well-funded plaintiffs’ law firms in the country dedicated to creating access to legal services. In 2021, Arizona became the first state in the country to permit non-lawyer ownership of law … [More]

Cannabis Co. Expands Brand Sales & Trade Marketing Platform to Arizona

Petalfast, a route-through-market platform for the cannabis industry, announced its expansion into the Arizona cannabis market, as well as its partnership in the state with Consensus Holdings, home to Feel Sublime. The launch comes on the heels of Petalfast’s recent expansion into the Michigan and Massachusetts markets. The Company’s sales and retail engagement services help … [More]

Stylish, Second-Floor Brasserie from Common Ground Culinary Debuts in Uptown Phoenix

Christopher Collins, chef/owner of one of the Valley’s most successful restaurant groups, Common Ground Culinary, is excited to announce the opening of his 9th concept, St. Urban on Friday, September 23rd, 2022. Housed at The Colony, a 1950’s era mixed-use development located in the heart of the 7th Street restaurant district, St. Urban (5538 N. 7th Street) is a modern, … [More]

New Electric Vehicle Registrations Grew More Than 250% over the Last Five Years

Electric vehicles (EVs), once thought of as an industry outlier, have demonstrated their staying power, with new EV registrations growing more than 250% over the last five years. According to Experian’s Automotive Consumer Trends Report: Q2 2022 there are more than 1.7 million EVs in operation in the US today (compared with more than 400,000 EVs in Q2 2018). This number may … [More]

American Airlines to Launch Nonstop Phoenix to Monterrey, Mexico

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​America’s Friendliest Airport® is excited to welcome additional international air service to Mexico. American Airlines will begin daily, nonstop service from Phoenix to Monterrey, Mexico on January 10, 2023. “Mexico is Phoenix’s number one trade and tourism partner which makes air service to … [More]

Tribal Gaming Contributions to the State for Quarter Top $40M

The Arizona Department of Gaming announced today $41,571,869 in tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the first quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. This amount represents a 2.1 percent increase when compared to same quarter of FY2022. “Arizona’s tribal gaming industry continues to impress, with a quarterly contribution record of $41.6 million to the … [More]

City of Surprise Demonstration Garden to Educate on Low Water Use Plants and Trees

When the City of Surprise envisioned a public space that is both visually impressive and educational, they turned to Willmeng Construction to bring that vision to life. On September 17, Willmeng and the city unveiled the new Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, a 2.5-acre space located just north of the Surprise City Hall. The Xeriscape Demonstration Garden educates the public on … [More]

Phoenix Sky Harbor Is a Sustainability Leader among U.S. Airports, Gets Top Rating

Being America's Friendliest Airport® means more than making sure our passengers have an exceptional experience at our airport. It is also ensuring that as a business we are protecting the environment and the resources of Arizona for future generations. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport's commitment to being future friendly and an industry leader in sustainability was … [More]

Arizona Small Business Association Announces Partnership to Help Small Businesses in Arizona Mitigate Cyber Risk

CyberCatch jointly announced with the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), a strategic partnership to enable Arizona's small businesses to quickly and easily implement necessary cyber security controls for digital success. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 590,000 small businesses (those with fewer than 500 … [More]

Partnership Brings New Inpatient Behavioral Health Hospital to Glendale

Kindred Behavioral Health, a business unit of LifePoint Health, and Dignity Health announced the signing of a letter of intent to build and operate a new inpatient behavioral health hospital on the campus of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz. “This partnership will help meet the growing needs for mental health services in the West … [More]

Pilot Program Highlights Why Hybrid Working Needs a New Approach to Talent Development

Insights from a talent development project with a large US metropolitan public works department have highlighted the key learning challenges faced by managers in today’s hybrid workplace. In May 2022 confidence in managing hybrid employees showed 53% of managers rated their confidence 3 or below on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being high. In the same month, 57% of managers … [More]

Layoffs Continue around the Country but Not in Arizona

With large-scale companies like Amazon, Gannett and Bed Bath and Beyond announcing layoffs recently, employees are growing increasingly concerned about job security. However, experts say that Arizona is not following this trend. Blake Quinlan of Express Employment Professionals, a top global staffing firm, says Arizona has only seen one major layoff in the last two years … [More]

New Dental Program Offers Gig Workers Discounts on Dental and Vision Care

Arizonans looking for an alternative way to save on health services like dental and vision care have a new option to consider, thanks to Delta Dental of Arizona. “The healthcare industry continues to evolve in ways to give patients and their providers more choice in how they work together to manage the cost of care,” said Michael Jones, president and CEO of Delta Dental of … [More]

West Valley’s ‘Best of the West Awards’ Finalists Announced, Event Is Oct. 27

The nominations are in! Paying tribute to the Greater Phoenix Metro’s West Valley’s best, an independent panel of judges have selected finalists for WESTMARC’s annual Best of the West Awards Dinner. Four peer-nominated categories will be recognized: Excellence in Innovation, Economic Engine, Quality of Life Enhancement – Education, and Quality of Life Enhancement – … [More]

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